Has anyone ever stayed at The Diplomat Inn? Rants...Raves? Thanks for any info!
Don't recommend. In that range I'd stay at the Clarion or the Best Western Cairn Croft. Might be a couple more bucks but better. Also try the Double Tree, it's a newer property and trying to gain some market share in the area. They offered some great deals last year.
depending on when you're going, you can get good deals and 2 night-meal inclusive packages at many chain hotels if you call around, or check websites
Try giving the Courtyard Marriott a call- they offer two night package deals, and they're right off of Clifton Hill so you're walking distance to everything. This time of year it shouldn't be too expensive. And its definitely newer, nicer, and better loved with the regulars ;)
I agree with polywog , the courtyard is a great hotel.
If you stay there and tip the chamber maids, tip them directly don't leave the tip on the side. My mom worked there years back and the owner used to go in the rooms before my mom and take the tips. And keep to books, one under the counter and one for tax purposes!!